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Hmong Wausau Festival returns to the Eastbay Sports Complex

WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) — The Hmong Wausau Festival returns for the third year, bringing new attractions to the the Eastbay Sports Complex.

The festival includes sports tournaments in soccer, flag football, and volleyball. Hmong food, singing and dancing competitions, and vendors will also be present.

This year’s additions include an expanded kid-friendly area and a night portion of the festival that includes fireworks, beer garden and live music.

Organizers want to make the festival an event everyone can enjoy.

“We incorporate all that into it to really turn it from just a normal Hmong festival that the Hmong community is used to, to truly a community event,” said Hmong Wausau Festival chairperson Yee Leng Xiong.

Event leaders are also looking to create better access to the event by introducing off-site parking with shuttles from Metro Ride bringing people to the festival.

The event will also have golf cart shuttles within the large venue, but organizers know there isn’t a simple fix.

“Parking is not going to have an easy solution. We’re trying to make it as easy as possible for everybody: attendees, sports athletes, vendors, etc.,”said Xiong.

The off-site parking locations include North Central Health Care, Airport Park, and John Marshall Elementary.

Shuttles will run from 6 a.m. to midnight both Saturday and Sunday to the off-site parking from the festival.

Admission to the festival is $7, and will include admission to the night portion of the festival.

The event kicks off Saturday at 9 a.m. with an opening ceremony.

Fireworks will launch at 9:30 p.m.

Chase McNamara

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